Andrea Young in her Corefit studio

Andrea Young
the clinical Pilates and
functional movement specialist

Functional movement screening

What is a movement screen?

A movement screen is a series of tests to measure the quality of a person’s movement patterns.

Functional Movement Screen Level 1 certification logo

Functional Movement Systems encompasses a series of movement testing strategies developed by physical therapist and conditioning coach Gray Cook for assessing movement patterns in individuals. At Corefit I offer their Functional Movement Screen (FMS). This is a standardised series of tests observing and recording the quality of movement patterns. It looks at your mobility, stability, and movement quality. The results of the screen can be used to determine whether an individual would like to take any corrective actions to change their movement patterns.

How a movement screen can help you

The body is very good at adapting to do specific things required of it repeatedly, or to compensate for issues in another part of the body. People who consider themselves fit because they are physically active can actually have poor functional movement patterns, due to muscular imbalances brought on by the repetitive nature of the action of their sport. And equally someone who does no sport and would not consider themselves to be fit, could have very healthy movement patterns, never having been subjected to such repetitive practices.

Getting a movement screen carried out can help you to identify unhealthy movement patterns that you may have and help you to understand how this may impact your general health and fitness. In general, poor movement patterns should be addressed and corrected before continuing with your normal exercise routine, where those bad patterns would otherwise have been reinforced. Not addressing these issues could at best limit your potential, and at worst is a shortcut to injury.

If poor movement patterns are present, I can assess their impact in the context of your health, fitness or sport. If necessary a programme of corrective exercises can be put into place to address any issues, decreasing the likelihood of reinforcing poor movement patterns and benefiting your health and fitness goals.

Who uses the Functional Movement Screen?

The FMS is widely used, from health-minded individuals to sports teams, to organisations like emergency services that require fitness levels to be objectively and consistently assessed. FMS is popular because it is easy to administer, is consistent in its application and makes it straightforward to monitor an individual’s progress.

Getting a movement screen at Corefit

The Functional Movement Screen consists of seven simple movement exercises. These tests follow standard procedural and measurement protocols. The whole session will take around 30 minutes to complete.

Man performing the inline lunge - a Functional Movement Screen exercise
  1. The tests are done without any warm-up, since that might affect the results.
  2. You have three attempts at each exercise, and each exercise is scored on your best attempt.
  3. The score for each exercise is an objective one based on the measurements and observations I make.
  4. After the test I will complete a detailed report which I will send to you. The report will include a ‘traffic light’ score. Green means no problems, and orange means okay to exercise but keep in mind the areas where there are issues. Red means there are things that you need to address before continuing with your exercise routine.
  5. Based on your traffic light score and your individual exercise scores I will make recommendations about the steps you might want to take next. For example a programme of corrective exercise, or a referral to a medical practitioner if necessary.
  6. If a corrective programme is recommended, you are encouraged to take the test again in the future so that you can assess your progress.

How much does it cost?

Please see the costs and pricing plans page.